Joan Proudman Art



Ever since she can remember, Joan has been telling stories with images and through the medium of dance. As a child, when she wasn't dancing, she was drawing. She also loved Paper dolls and ColorForms, and basically lived in a fantasy world. 

Joan spent many years training to be a ballerina. This lead to a full scholarship and apprenticeship with Boston Ballet at the age of sixteen followed by touring and performing. Later came New Hampshire and Washington State colleges before settling in Maine and earning a BFA. At this time she performed with the Portland Ballet Company as a soloist and modern dance with Ram Island Dance Company. Eventually the physical and emotional demands of dance resulted in multiple injuries which took their toll, and addiction issues emerged. After years of struggle, with the help of family and friends, she delved into her visual art and secured a full recovery . A self-taught digital artist, Joan has been perfecting Photoshop techniques since 2008, and currently works as a free-lance artist and graphic designer.  Joan lives in Freedom, Maine, with her husband, photographer, Johan Selmer-Larsen.  

Tools: Adobe Photoshop, a 21.5" iMac and Wacom Intuos 4 Pen Tablet, a Sony 8 Alpha 850 digital camera and an iPhone 6s, Epson 4880 large format printer.  


2018                     Cover Art Space Heart, A Memoir in Stages, Burrow Press, Florida

2016                     Best in Show, Portfolio, Still Point Arts Gallery, Still Point Arts Quarterly Winter Edition

2016                     Shadow and Light Magazine (Photography Publication) 

2015                     Cover Art, Shantic, Shamanic Trance Music, CD and Book by Tatjana Branoff and Bernd Bechtloff, Austria          

2014                     Cover Art , Biodynamics of Osteopathy, Phase Nine by James Jealous D.O., Tames Prepress

2013                     Cover, TimWorld Dhoom CD, Goat River Productions

2013                     Belfast, Maine’s Ninth Poetry Festival Banner image, Bird Brain, ‘13

2009                     hear if you dare, Poetry and Art by Lauren Murray and Joan ProudmanIlluminated Sea Press

2006                     Cover Art, Heart Songs and Other Legacies, Linda Buckmaster, Illuminated Sea Press

2004                     Article with Photo Inner Sky by Judson Merrill in The               Phoenix, Portland, ME

2003                     Cover Art Off the Coast Poetry Magazine, Bristol, Maine



2018                  Maine Museum of Photographic Arts:  "Contemporary Portraiture"  Show

2015                  Waterfall Arts Clifford Gallery, Belfast, ME   Fermentation Show 

                           Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME     Spring Show

                           Featured artist, InspireFirst Online Journal

2014                   Limner Gallery (Slow Art Magazine), Hudson, MA 

                           Strange Figurations

                           Featured artist, Escape Into Life Online Journal

                           Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME     Holiday Show

2013                   Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME     Heart

2012                   Primo Piano Livin Gallery, Lecce Italy

                           Gaia Celestial Fragments

                            Featured artist on

2011                    Aarhus Gallery, Botany of Desire

                                                     Radius Show

                            Statewide Juried Virtual Showcase Artist

2010                   Blue Marble Gallery, Waterville, ME

                           The River Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

                           William Ryan Gallery, Belfast, ME


2015-current      Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast, ME  

2012                     Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME Seeing Through

                               Kramer Gallery, Belfast, ME Thirteen Stories

2008                     The Gallery at Wren, Bethlehem, VT Seeing Through

2005                     Coffee By Design, Portland, ME  Inner Sky

2003                     Lottie Ta Da Gallery, Hudson, MA Archetypes  



1984      University of Southern Maine, BFA

              Franconia College, Franconia, NH

              Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA


1992-97 Goldsmith, Thomas Michaels Designers, William Richie Designs, Camden, ME

1991-92 Production Staff, Wooden ‘Americana’ Objects, Kevin White Designs, Hope,  ME

1980-85 Hand-Painter, Heritage Metal Craft, Windham, ME

1983-85 Pottery Glazer, Andersen Design        

1996 – 2018  Dancer, Stella Dance Theatre and Women’s Works, Belfast, ME
1973 – 1996 Member, Boston Ballet Company, Ram Island Dance Company, Portland Ballet Company (Portland, ME)

Content Copyright 2013

Original planet files in New Moon courtesy of

Joan Proudman

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